Jay Walker

INDUCTION: 2020.  

SPORT(S): FOOTBALL

Walker played quarterback in both college and professional football, after a brief stint in professional baseball. After high school, he was drafted by Major League Baseball's California Angels organization.[1] He spent one year as a pitcher in the minor leagues before deciding to pursue college football.[1] He initially attended Long Beach State but transferred when football was eliminated as a sport at the school.[2]

He then joined the Howard University Bison, where he set single-season records for pass completions and passing yardage, as well as a single-game record for pass completions (with 38).[3] His passing earned him the nickname "Sky Walker." He was selected to the All-MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) teams in both 1992 and 1993, and named Offensive Player of the Year in 1993.[3] That season, the Bison recorded an undefeated regular season while winning the MEAC championship and a claim to the black college football national championship; the team also secured the school's first NCAA Division I-AA playoff bid and a top-ten national ranking.[3][4] In 2005, Walker was voted into the Howard University Athletics Hall of Fame.[3]

Walker pursued a professional career in the National Football League when he was selected in the 7th round of the 1994 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots.[2] Walker spent the 1995 season in the World League of American Football with the Barcelona Dragons, where he suffered an injury during a game in which a lack of running backs required him to throw a pass on every play.[5] Following the injury, he lost his job with New England, but he returned to the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings, where he served as a backup for two years. He attempted two career NFL passes, both for completions.[6]

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